Second Impeachment of President Trump


Katie Jones, Staff Reporter

After the fatal Capital Riot that took place on Jan. 6, where crowds attacked The House of Representatives and Senate in protest of the election results, members of the Legislative branch called for Trump’s reassignment or removal from office. At first, legislatures wanted Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, saying the President is deemed unfit or too ill and his office vacated; then the Vice President takes his office. Shortly after the riots Pence made it clear that he would not use the 25th Amendment on Trump, and Trump Administration members who would also have to invoke the 25th resigned, making plans of removing the President before the end of his term fall through. Even though Trump would finish out his time in office that did not stop House Democrats from drafting impeachment charges against President Trump, indicting him for inciting the riot.

Impeachment begins when the House of Representatives introduce Articles of Impeachment, then House members make arguments on the House floor and vote to impeach or not. For a President to be convicted two-thirds of the Senate must vote that he is guilty, and he can be barred from holding federal office in the future. If the majority of the House votes to impeach then a trial will take place in the Senate, which will decide on witnesses and what evidence to use.

After the charges of impeachment were brought to the House, all Democrats and 10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump, meaning the Senate will try him because the majority of the House believes he is guilty. And unlike Trump’s last impeachment, the Senate is now tied 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats- with current Vice President Kamala Harris being the breaking vote. This is important because the Republican-lead Senate wouldn’t allow many key witnesses to the prosecution to go under oath during Trump’s first impeachment trial. For Trump to be banned from holding future federal office all 50 Democrats and at least 17 Republicans will have to vote against Trump, which seems more likely than the last time the President was impeached.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer calls for Trump’s impeachment. Despite that he had finished his presidency. As stated in cbsnews, “make no mistake, there will be a trial, and the evidence against the former president will be presented in living color for the nation and every one of us to see once again.” Source: Creativecommons

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that Trump’s calls of voter fraud and other claims provoked the rioters to storm the capital, which means if McConnell supports Trump’s impeachment fellow Republicans would be more likely to vote to ban Trump from planning to run again in 2024. However, now that Trump is no longer in office more and more Republicans are saying it is time to drop the charges against Trump and unite America, so no one truly knows which way Senate Republicans will swing yet.

The articles of impeachment were brought to the Senate on Jan. 25 from the House, and all 100 senators were sword in as jurors. The new Senate Majority leader, Chuck Schumer, is planning the trial to begin on Feb. 8 so the House and Senate can continue to pass Covid-Relief and confirm Biden’s Administration in the meantime. Before the beginning of the trial, the Senate has to come to agreements on what evidence is allowed to be introduced to the senators and who is allowed to be witnesses. If former President Trump wants to run for president again in 2024 he will need to be acquitted, otherwise if he is convicted he can be banned from future federal office if Congress decides it is a fitting punishment.